. Although the word is used simply to mean “barren wilderness” (Deut 32:10; Ps 107:4), there are several places where it seems to indicate a specific geographical location. 1 A region in the hill country of Judah into which David fled from Saul (1Sam 23:19; 1Sam 23:24; 1Sam 26:1-3). Other place-names mentioned (Maon, Ziph, Engedi) identify Jeshimon as the eastern section of the Judean hill country, an area between Hebron and the Dead Sea generally called the Wilderness of Judah. 2 In Numbers (Num 21:20, Num 23:28) an area of the Jordan Valley northeast of the Dead Sea (the Plains of Moab) overlooked by Mt. Pisgah (Nebo?) and Mt. Peor. There may be some connection between the name Jeshimon for this area and the Moabite settlement of Beth-jeshimoth (Num 33:49). It is possible that the word simply means “desert” in both instances above.
10He sustained him in a desert land,
in a howling wilderness waste;
he shielded him, cared for him,
guarded him as the apple of his eye.
4Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
19Then some Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, “David is hiding among us in the strongholds of Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jesh ... View more
24So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul.
David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.
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1Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “David is in hiding on the hill of Hachilah, which is opposite Jeshimo ... View more
20and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah that overlooks the wasteland.
28So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland.
49they camped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.